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How to plant bulbs; top tips.

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RASPBERRIES are well worth growing and will benefit you with maximum flavour when fully ripe.

They also freeze well, so any surplus can easily be stored. They crop best in a sunny open position preferring well drained, moisture retentive fertile soil.

They will tolerate some shade but don't plant under trees where soil is too dry.

Plant any time from November to March. Field grown canes are usually sold in bundles of five or 10.

Split them up and plant separately 45cm apart with roots 7.5cm deep.

The ground should be dug over in advance, removing the roots of perennial weeds, and incorporating plenty of well rotted manure or compost.

A simple post and wire fence will be required to support gowing canes.

In the first year after planting new shoots will appear from below ground from the roots of each cane.

As they grow these new canes should be tied to the wires.

Fruit will be produced on these canes in the second year, and those canes will then die and should be cut out, by which time a new flush of canes will have appeared.

Three of the best varieties are Glen Moy (heavy cropping, spine free early variety), Glen Ample (high yielding maincrop variety with very large fruit of good flavour) and Tulameen (high yielding late variety with outstanding fruit).

Two excellent autumn fruiting varieties, Autumn Bliss and Autumn Treasure produce fruit on new canes in their first year.

Pruning differs from that of summer fruiting varieties and consists of cutting down all canes to the ground at the end of the year.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 13, 2010
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